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BMV Says Groups Cannot Reissue Suspended License Plates

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles suspended Indiana Youth Group, Indiana Greenways and 4-H Foundation license plates because the groups gave them away to donors.

GLBT Plate

Photo: Indiana Youth Group

The Indiana Youth Group's license plate provided additional funding for the non profit organization for LGBT youth.

Three Indiana groups whose specialty license plates were suspended last year have been told negotiations to recover them are off.

A group of conservative lawmakers last year originally sought to pass a law stripping the Indiana Youth Group, a support organization for gay teens, of its specialty license plates before urging the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to do so.  Because IYG and two other groups – the Indiana Greenways and 4-H Foundation – gave away plates to donors, the BMV suspended them.

The groups were in negotiations with the BMV in recent months to get the plates back until the state agency last week cut off the talks.

IYG Executive Director Mary Byrne says her group had been working through an administrative appeals process before the BMV came to them six months ago to work out a deal.

“We had felt like we were going to have this plate back,” she says. “We had money for a certain number of plates to be sold in our budget and we’ve lost six months in the process. So were blown away; this completely came out of the blue.”

In a statement, the BMV says a recent law passed by the General Assembly establishing a new procedure for specialty plate applications prompted its actions.

The groups now have two options: an administrative appeals process or applying for their plates again under the new law.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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